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Does your boss need to accommodate your breast milk pumping?

For new mothers, returning to work presents unique hardships. In addition to the emotional turmoil that comes from leaving your new family member in someone else's care, you have to plan for their needs while you are at work.

Sexual orientation shouldn't lead to discrimination

As a working employee, you have rights that protect you from being harassed or discriminated against based on your sexual orientation. Federal and state laws exist to prevent this kind of situation in the workplace, because it is not only disruptive but harmful to employees on the whole. If you are mistreated because you are gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, heterosexual or have any other sexual preference, you may be able to file a claim against your employer.

You can protect yourself from harassment in the workplace

If you're struggling with harassment in the workplace, you need to know about the laws surrounding workplace harassment. Under the federal laws and Department of Labor's policies, harassment of employees based on religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, color, race, national origin, disability, age, parental status, genetic information or sexual orientation is illegal.

Can you be fired for whistleblowing?

Under the law, you can't be fired for whistleblowing. Whistleblowing is when you report a violation by your employer; that violation could be anything from reporting a sexual harassment claim to reporting fraud in the workplace. When you report these violations, your employer should take action to correct them, not fire you to try to hide the evidence.

What do you need to know about sexual harassment at work?

There are many things you should know about sexual harassment. As an employee, you have the right to work in an environment free of harassment; if you are harassed, you may be able to seek compensation for the suffering you've been put through in the past. Here are a few facts about sexual harassment, so you can understand your rights better.

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